Mr. Chairman, let me begin by clarifying the premise of the question, which I appreciate.
My understanding is that the committee is looking at the broad question of the role of the private sector in achieving international development objectives. I think Professor Brown and I have taken different approaches to answering that question. Our answer to that question is based on our experience on the role of private sector in development. We have simply taken the approach to share what we have distilled in half a century of work in this area.
To the very specific question you've asked, it seems to us the important issue is how you can help create an economic dynamic even among the most marginalized populations in the developing world. Without creating some kind of economic dynamic for marginalized communities, they will never have the resources they need to be able to invest in their own futures. I don't think we can ignore that question. I don't think it's the only question we have to look at, but it is a central question that we must address.
There are many different ways we're going to have to look at that. There'll be some very micro kinds of ways we'll look at that. There'll be financial services institutions that we'll look at. We'll look at some major enterprises. All of them, if they have the right developmental mindset, can have an impact among marginalized populations.
The bulk of the committee's discussion today I think has been focused on a very specific issue around natural resources management and mining. I have to say that my own perspective is that it is inescapable that mineral wealth in the developing world is going to be a major driver of the future of these countries. That is not the end of the question; that is the beginning of the question. The issue now is, what supports are we ready to provide the developing world in order to help them manage their natural resources well in a way that will be a force and an engine for national development? That's the question, and I don't think we've got clear answers.
There's a very specific experiment that CIDA is—